It took only one heat of the Hambletonian for the Simpsons to realize that Timmy's allergy apparently would not affect his trotting. For three quarters of the first mile he was held back in the unwieldy 15-horse field (once he was in ninth place, about 10 lengths off the pace), but then Junior turned him loose and he moved out to an easy 3�-length victory over an oncoming dark horse named Flower Child. "He has a lot of heart," said Junior later. "When he saw the top of the stretch, he opened up. I'm relieved."
In the second heat Timothy left from the rail, and once more he was dropped back in the pack. But this time he was forced to go wide when Clayt Hanover broke stride in front of him, and then Junior made his only tactical error of the day—he let Timmy go for the lead too soon. As the field turned for home, Timmy had a clear shot to the wire, but much of his speed was gone. Formal Notice, driven by Jimmy Arthur for the All-wood Stable of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Buck, maneuvered outside and brushed past him to win in the fast time of 1:58[2/5]. Said Junior, "I had to use him too much in the last run, and I moved him to the front too quick. But he's ready to go three heats."
And so he was. The third heat rapidly developed into a two-horse race, with Formal Notice taking the lead and Timothy T. dropping in behind. That is how they stayed until the top of the stretch, when Timmy, with plenty left this time, brushed past Formal Notice to win by a length.
After the ceremony in Victory Lane, Charlie Coleman led Timmy up the track and back to his stall while Junior Simpson went off to meet the press. A red-haired tyke in brown shorts stood in the track, clutching his mother's hand and watching Timmy disappear in the dust toward the paddock gate. He was Junior's son, Douglas, who at the age of 3 did not seem quite sure of what was going on. He did know what to say, however, when a stranger asked him if he would like to win a Hambletonian someday, like his daddy and granddaddy. "Yeah," said Doug, smiling brightly. He probably will, too.